There’s so many styles and brands of exercise leggings on the market today but what should you be looking for when choosing exercise wear?  Think about what exercise you’re going to be doing in them and if they are suitable for that activity.  During a cardio session for instance, high waisted leggings would be better to avoid constantly pulling them up but these may not be needed for a more holistic exercise.

Make sure the leggings fit snuggly around the hips, they are not too long or short and don’t bunch around the ankles or knees.  High rise waist bands tend to be more supportive around the waist.  Put your leggings to the test by performing a few exercises in them whilst trying them on.  A good indicator if they are supportive enough and don’t creep down your hips as your exercise is to do a few squats and check that the waist band is still in place.  If it’s not, they may be too big/small or have little elasticity.

It’s worth considering what you’ll be carrying with you whilst exercising and do you need pockets?  Lots of leggings have small pockets for keys, phones and water bottles.  Some clothing is made with reflective stripes which is a must if you’ll be running in them in the dark.  One of the biggest differences in quality is the material the leggings are made of.  Elastane, also known as Spandex or Lycra is one of the most common materials used to make make exercise clothing.  Most brands blend this with polyester or nylon to allow moisture release, reduce odour and to move with your body.

All exercise clothing should be washed at a low temperature to maintain it’s elasticity.  Washing at low temperatures sometimes doesn’t eliminate odours, I recommend using an odour eliminator in your washing to get rid of the pongs!  If you enjoyed reading this blog, check out last weeks’ on sports bras here: The Best Sports Bra to Wear | Emma Wheeler Fitness

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